Nearly 10 million California residents are under a mandatory "shelter in place" order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Shelter in place means residents are required to remain at home except for essential needs like picking up groceries, medication, or caring for someone in another household. The orders are being enforced by law enforcement.
Where the order has been issued: Solano County and Lake County in Northern California have now joined other Bay Area counties and cities, which include Alameda, Contra Costa, the City of Fresno, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Sonoma, and Yolo counties.
Solano County’s shelter in place order, which began today, will be in effect until April 7. The order for Lake County begins on Thursday and ends on April 10. The City of Palm Springs in Southern California’s Riverside County issued its order to begin Wednesday through April 2, with a possible extension if needed.
The 17 jurisdictions across the state encompass approximately 9.67 million Californians, according to a US Census count.